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Locals to compete for state teen titles
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Miss McMinnville’s Outstanding Teen Kataen Shockley, and Miss McMinnville Iris Teen Princess Emily Pennington will be competing in Jackson on March 10 for the title of Miss Tennessee Outstanding Teen and Tennessee’s Iris Teen, respectively. 

The Outstanding Teen winner will advance to Miss America Outstanding Teen in Orlando in August. The Miss America Organization promotes scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement.

Kataen, 14, is a freshman at Warren County High School, and the daughter of Penny and Grady Shockley. The honor student is a member of Interact and Student Council. 

She will compete in talent, interview, fitness and evening gown competitions. She will dance for her talent to “You Raise Me Up.” She is a member of the Pioneerette Dance Team, and has performed in various stage presentations.

Each contestant must present a pageant platform, with hers being Feeding Friends – Helping the Hungry of Warren County. She has implemented a program through her church, where food is made possible to children in need.

Miss McMinnville Iris Teen Princess Emily Pennington is a junior at WCHS and a dual enrollment student at Motlow State Community College. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Sherry and Nathan Burnett. She will participate in interview sessions, model fitness wear and be presented in evening gown.

Her pageant platform is Embracing the Elderly, a platform designed to spread awareness about elder orphans who are sometimes forgotten in nursing and assisted living homes.

She is the State 4-H Council Junior representative, former 4-H Congress Speaker of the Senate and a member of the Pioneerettes.

Pageant director Emily Britton said, “I’m so proud of both of these young ladies. They are active in their community and are great role models. I know they will represent their titles well at the state competition.”